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Chicago El Train 2002

Recorded 2002: Chicago El, Street Music, Street Sounds, Sounds of Trains. Some of these sounds are already lost as society changes.

Chicago El Train 2002Arthur Fox
00:00 / 01:26

Chicken Feed

Morning chicken madness 01/04/2019 **morning crazy after feeding chickens (about 40 hens and one rooster).  This is one of the first recordings that I have made for an archive of sounds entirely recorded on our Piano farm in Northern California in last 4 years.

Chicken FeedKarel Sidorjak
00:00 / 00:38

Christmas Tree Train

Love the sound of this little Christmas Tree Train!

Christmas Tree TrainKE HIggins
00:00 / 00:42

Clay Bubbles

This sound was recorded in October in India. Clay lamps were bought from the market for the festival. However, since they were very dusty, they were immersed in a pot of water to clean. Surprisingly, they began emanating bubbles accompanied with sound. They sounded like soda water after being poured into glasses. If you look carefully in the image attached you can see a thread-like string going from the lamps. They are not threads, but they are bubbles. (Note: A very quiet sound, but a great idea and reminder to all to listen to the subtler sounds of life!)

Clay BubblesIndira VMD
00:00 / 00:24

Hop Brook Park

I love the sound of rushing water at one of my favorite rambling places, Hop Brook Park, Naugatuck CT.  After a very dry summer, this is just so refreshing to stop and listen to.

Hop Brook ParkKyle Higgins
00:00 / 00:19

Houston Heights Birds

The Heights is Houstons oldest neighborhood-8 minutes from downtown-with massive tree lined boulevards and lovely old Victorian homes and Sears Craftsmen bungalows. 19th street is a bustling scene for art markets, festivals, White Linen Night, vintage shops, and a few bars and restaurants.  One evening in January of 2014 I parked at the west end of the strip and I stepped out onto a busy nightlife scene.  I realized that I could hear the flowing traffic at the intersection, the music and laughter from the open air taco restaurant, or the crowds milling about outside the ice cream shop.  It was the birds. Oh my Lord, the birds!  Grackles mostly, but I couldn't make out the others as it was just past dusk and that is poor light for IDing flitting flying shadows in thickly overgrown oak and pecan trees.  

I had to record it.   

I was on a busy and bustling urban thoroughfare, surrounded on all 4 sides by freeways, in winter, just a quick bicycle ride from a major downtown!  It also sounds like this in the morning from our front porch.  A help agent on my mothers cell phone once demanded, "Lady, are you at the zoo?"  

Our neighborhood is, indeed, a menagerie.

Houston Heights BirdsChristopher Trandell
00:00 / 00:33

Inside the Belfry

Inside the belfry of Marbletown Reformed Church, 

Stone Ridge, NY, the late Ron Mapstone ringing the bell

Inside the BelfryEileen McAdam
00:00 / 00:37

Kentucky Stream

Water rippling over rocks in a small stream in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, in April, 2007.  

Kentucky StreamEverett Harmon
00:00 / 01:18

Lake Huron

Lake Huron near Port Sanilac, MI.

Lake HuronDavid Wiegner
00:00 / 00:48

Lake Michigan

Waves on the beach, recorded on Lake Michigan in July, 2017

Lake MichiganEverett Harmon
00:00 / 01:19

Louisiana Swamp

A campground near Lake Charles, Louisiana in April, 2008, near midnight.

Louisiana SwampEverett Harmon
00:00 / 01:16

Mah-Jong Tiles

For those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s the sound of Mah-Jong tiles is a vivid memory

Mah-Jong TilesEileen McAdam
00:00 / 05:12

Painter's Pond

The recording was made early in the morning at Painter's Pond in downtown Deland, Florida.

During the Winter and early Spring months the pond hosts numerous Black-bellied Whistling ducks, occasional Wood Storks, migrant warblers as well as other species. Muscovy ducks, Sandhill cranes, Ibis, and egrets are all seen year round. (A really nice blend of birds and bell!)

Painter's PondSteve Brechbuhl
00:00 / 00:55

Peepers, Fancy Gap VA

Recorded on a road trip south to north through the Appalachians in April 2022.  The setting sun was accompanied by this hypnotic combination of Spring Peepers and tinkling metal wind chimes from the front porch of our cabin near Fancy Gap, Virginia.

Peepers, Fancy Gap VAJane Jacobson
00:00 / 02:01

Ravens and Mariachi

I stepped out of the front door of our house in La Cienega, New Mexico and was greeted with a chaos of sound. Ravens were calling from the cottonwoods, ducks were squawking from the pond nearby, a great -horned owl was calling most likely annoyed by the ravens. And down the valley somewhere someone was playing mariachi music.

Ravens and MariachiSteve Brechbuhl
00:00 / 01:05

San Marcos Rapids

A set of rapids on the San Marcos River, near San Marcos, Texas.  Starting around 4:00 A.M on April 21, 2008 and finishing at sunrise.  At first, there is just the sound of the water in the river, then the birds gradually start waking up and chirping.

San Marcos RapidsEverett Harmon
00:00 / 01:31


Denver Colorado thunderstorm near a busy street.

Thunderstorm,TrafficRi Reaves
00:00 / 00:37

Unknown Animal Call

I was jogging on the river trail at night in Marietta Pennsylvania. I heard a sound coming from the woods I’ve never heard before so I had to stop and record it. (If anyone knows what this sound is, email us -

Unknown Animal CallChris Whalen
00:00 / 01:03

Warblers and More!

Ever since we moved to Maynard, Massachusetts 5 years ago we have had a few weeks in May where our neighborhood is filled with particularly rich soundscapes.  One of my favorite sounds is made by a tiny bird that apparently migrates the longest distance of any songbird.  The first time I ever heard its high-pitched, pulsating song was on our street.  Somehow I eventually found out that the sound is made by a blackpoll warbler.  Other birds that can be heard in this sound clip include our neighbor’s chickens, bluejay, grackles, white-breasted nuthatch, common yellowthroat, and I think a tufted titmouse.  This past year I did not hear the blackpoll for the first time since we have been on this street.  Hopefully it will be back in 2023.

Warblers and More! Christopher Renna
00:00 / 00:50

Windy Day De Leon FL

I was on the back patio of our home in De Leon Springs, Florida. The wind was blowing strong from the West carrying with it the sounds of jet skis on Lake Dias and the sounds of vehicles from the highway not far away. The pool was gurgling in the background. All those sounds combined to create a soundscape that could not be called restful. Interesting, yes. But,sadly, those sounds are more and more dominant.

Windy Day De Leon FLSteve Brechbuhl
00:00 / 01:09

September 16, 2023
The Larimer County Farmer’s Market: sounds of fall we begin by hearing peppers roasting, then we walk through the booths of vendors.

Larimer County Farmers Market- Nora Rudnick

Lacandon Rainforest, Mexico

Heading In the rainforest, in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border, the Lacandon people still live near Mayan ruins and a few still speak the Lacondon language.

Lacondon Rainforest - Bill Jenkins

Crowded Beach, Cape Cod

The sounds of a crowded summer beach at Chatham, Cape  Cod.  Seagulls, waves, children, combine to create a relaxing audio lullaby.

Crowded Beach-Christopher Seufert


Male elk passing by in Strawberry, AZ on a Sunday afternoon.

Elk - Forrest PhillipsElk - Forrest Phillips
00:00 / 00:05


Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley MD

10/2022. Afternoon woods walk with my 8-yr old.  We got intrigued by the call of what we suspected is an OWL call. 

Owl - Rachael Moore

Creaking Door

Eagle Pub, Cambridge, England
This is the best creaking door sound I've ever heard. It's the door to the bathroom at The Eagle, a historic bar/pub in Cambridge, England. It opened in 1667 One of its claims to fame is that in 1953 it's where Watson and Crick made their first public announcement of the discovery of the Double Helix.

Creaking Door - Steve Robinson
Fancy Gap Peepers

Recorded on a road trip south to north through the Appalachians in April 2022.  The setting sun was accompanied by this hypnotic combination of Spring Peepers and tinkling metal wind chimes from the front porch of our cabin near Fancy Gap, Virginia. 

Fancy Gap Peepers - Jane Jacobson

An excerpt from an email from teachers Emily Robbibaro and Laura Moeller, on behalf of their 1B English classes at Upper St. Clair High School, outside of Pittsburgh, PA:


"...based on the linked interview with Jim Metzner on NPR's Science Friday...Our students are currently learning literary techniques through their poetry unit, and we were inspired by Mr. Metzner's urging of us to take a 'sound walk,' in particular considering the impact auditory imagery has on our understanding of both literature and the world around us.

Students each took "sound walks" and recorded interesting audio. They then developed those sounds into poems. The goal was to more thoroughly consider and understand the way sounds impact us, to learn to listen more closely to the world around us, and to practice new, innovative ways to communicate. The activity was part of a 'journey of discovery,' as Mr. Metzner put it." 

Here are two of the students' poems: 


the gentle clack of keys against the din of a silent corridor —

daytime dreariness as the fleshy appendages hobble about

the oiled ballroom floor

the midday melodies that permeate a waning summertime,

the staggering gait of wanderers that approach the moat of madness

that lies therein

coolest autumn air that whisks away the heat of hell

to usher in the era of writing without any kind of ink—

the stuff of dreams, the soundtrack of my nightmares,

the ever-present refrain to that song whose name I can

never remember;

whose rhythm I wish to forget


The Pond’s Edge

Beneath the azure sky, I oft find bliss

Where feathered choruses warble their routine.

Under leafy shade they converse, reminisce,

And watch me paddle from afar, unseen.


On the water’s edge, where hawks unleash their cries,

and where the graceful heron crests,
The jay watches with piercing eyes,
while the playful chickadee jests.

Slowly I move across the water,
Taking in mother nature’s embrace;
her symphony, often found, but also sought for, is equally worth the chase.


Bog Frogs, Mt. Shasta

 Recorded April 29, 2021. I was exploring Mount Shasta on foot and found this little marsh with a chorus of frogs. Their singing was so dense I had to stop to make a recording.

bog frogsAndrew Wenzlaff
00:00 / 02:01

Red Winged Blackbirds,  Colorado

These are red wing blackbirds, in our cottonwood trees, above our home. We live along the northern foothills of CO, with a small lake outside the our back yard. Beautiful to watch and listen to.

RW Blackbirds - Diana Waddell
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